Agent Q&A

March 1, 2006 | Karin's Blog | 6 comments

I’m going to be real quick here, I’m on a writing roll.Yay!
OK, so agents. What is their job, their function for a writer? Yes, the obvious to make the sale, but then what? Do you want a career manager? Someone to pump you up? Do you think it’s their job to stroke you? or do you just want a salesperson?
Is a junior agent at a reputable house better then a new start up agent who works from a home office? How do you feel about being charged reasonable postage and handling fees by your agent? Should your agent be the sole contact between you and your editor, or do you feel comfortable working with your editor yourself when it pertains to the project? Have you ever let an agent go? Why? How did you do it?
I’d really appreciate feedback, and if any agents are reading, by all means reply, annon is fine. Same for anyone who has some pearls of wisdom or red flags to share.
Thank you so much in advance. I’m giving a mini workshop this Sat and would love to pass good information on to my fellow writers, both agented and unagented.
Thanks in advance.
Write on,


  1. Edie Ramer

    Glad you’re in the writing zone, Karin. It’s great when that happens. :elephant:

    Agents. I’ve been thinking about them, as you know. Selling is definitely the first criteria. I don’t want a career “manager”, but someone to help me plan it and make sure we’re on the same track is good. Instead of “stroke the ego”, let’s say I want an agent enthusiastic over my writing. I don’t want a sycophant. If something isn’t working, I want her to say so. Although if she never likes what I send her, she’s not the right agent for me.

    Karin, this is getting long. I’ll email you the rest of what I have. Like I said, I’ve been thinking about this…

  2. Mary

    I have the perfect agent for you — MOM!!!!!! a/k/a The Dragon Lady. Good for you and better for me lol.

    Love ya!

  3. Karin

    Thank you Edie. Great email you sent.
    Mare, The Dragon Lady would be a great publicist. Too bad she lives so dang far away. :hissyfit:

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